Former Toon coach Steve Carver has likened the Marseille loan signing to Robert.
But Ben Arfa told the Evening Chronicle: "I knew that Robert was popular, but since getting here, I see he was very popular player indeed.
"But we aren't the same type of player.
"The only similarity is that we are left-footed.
"I am pleased that Laurent had such a good time here and hope I can be as popular.
"I hope it can all work out very well and I stay. I am confident that it will."